Winds leave trail of damage

HIGH-speed winds swept through Blacktown and adjoining suburbs causing widespread damage on Tuesday.

Force of nature: An SES volunteer surveys wind damage in Marayong.

Force of nature: An SES volunteer surveys wind damage in Marayong.

Blacktown SES volunteers answered their first call at about 3.15pm and worked well into the night, completing 10 repair jobs.

On Wednesday another six wind damage calls came in.

The strongest wind speed was 67 km/h, recorded at the Horsley Park weather station at 2pm, Tuesday.

Reports of damage included a fallen tree across Ivy Street, Toongabbie on Tuesday.

It brought down power lines cutting electricity to some residents.

Winds also brought down trees in three places in Doonside: across a road in Astral Drive; in a front yard in Pam Green Place; and across a roof, damaging it, in Seabrook Crescent.

Gusts continued on their wrecking path through Blacktown, damaging a car port in Burnie Street and blowing trees across driveways in Reservoir and Vardys roads.

Winds were also threatening to topple trees in Blacktown’s Sinclair Avenue, Lacey Place and Charles and Patrick streets.

They also struck Prospect, Seven Hills, Schofields and Marayong, blowing trees down and damaging two cars and one pergola roof.

‘‘A total of around 30 SES Blacktown volunteers were involved over the two days,’’ an SES spokesman said.

‘‘Fortunately we did not receive any reports of major structural damage from the wind.’’